Blue Lake’s Theater Program offers a well rounded, dynamic, and equal opportunity approach to actor training. While at camp, each theater camper will study acting, voice, movement, and script analysis under highly trained professional actors and teachers. Students may also choose one of three emphasis areas -- Shakespeare, Musical Theater, or Contemporary Acting -- where they will receive greater depth of instruction and apply the techniques taught at camp in small group performances presented on the final Sunday of the session.
Musical Theater majors will also study dance, while Shakespeare and Contemporary Acting majors study stage combat. Selection of emphasis classes is done on a first-come, first-served basis and is requested at enrollment.
Inspired by Shakespeare The Intermediate Shakespeare program (sessions 3 and 4 only) provides all the same high quality training in acting, voice, movement, script analysis, and stage combat that contemporary acting majors receive, but the material rehearsed for performance on Final Sunday will be differentiated to allow each camper to tackle Shakespeare on his or her own terms. Those campers who are ready for the challenge of Shakespearean language will have the opportunity to perform work from the Bard’s canon, while others will perform modern language texts inspired by Shakespeare’s characters and stories. Shakespeare majors rehearse and perform in The Rose Theater.
Theater students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. Go to minors for a complete listing of courses. Musical Theater majors are encouraged to enroll in either the Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, or Dance minor. Students also have the opportunity to hear various performances presented as a part of Blue Lake’s Summer Arts Festival, as well as participate in recreational activities and other camp events.
All Theater students are expected to offer a demonstration of their craft by auditioning for selected theater faculty on the opening day of their session. Requirements vary according to major. All audition pieces must be memorized, written for the stage, and reveal the actor’s ability to create an original interpretation of the text based on character, objective, and obstacle.
Contemporary Acting campers should prepare a one minute contemporary monologue for this audition. Shakespeare campers should prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue or soliloquy. Musical Theater campers should prepare a 32 measure excerpt from standard musical theater repertoire. Please provide sheet music for the piano accompanist.
Blue Lake’s Elizabethan Theater
Blue Lake’s theater, named The Rose in honor of one of London’s first of the Elizabethan period (circa 1587), is a synthesis of various popular 16th century English theaters. The design is based upon surviving sketches and documents from that period. The Rose, approximately ½ the size of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, has a traditional thrust stage, a Juliet balcony, seating for approximately 600 in two galleries, plus a groundling area providing space for an additional 150 attendees in the yard. Blue Lake may very well be the only place in the U.S. where secondary students can study Shakespeare performance in a reproduction of an Elizabethan theater, and we are pleased to offer this unique experience to our Theater majors.
Blue Lake awards scholarships to Shakespeare theater majors who qualify by competitive application. Significant scholarship aid toward camp tuition is available for those who qualify. An application and video audition must be submitted online at bluelake.org/summercamp/scholarships by February 28.